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Crisis eases as court rules Libya PM election invalid

Published on Jun 10, 2014 6:42 AM
 
Libya's supreme court on Monday ruled as unconstitutional the interim parliament's election of premier Ahmed Miitig, seemingly ending a month-long crisis that saw two rival cabinets jostling for power. -- PHOTO: AFP

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libya's supreme court on Monday ruled as unconstitutional the interim parliament's election of premier Ahmed Miitig, seemingly ending a month-long crisis that saw two rival cabinets jostling for power.

Mr Miitig said he would respect the ruling, hailing it as a "boost for the conservation of the rule of law", while a UN envoy welcomed the decision but warned Libya's deeper crisis was not over.

The standoff started when the General National Congress, or interim parliament, elected Mr Miitig premier in early May to replace Abdullah al-Thani, who had resigned after an attack on his family.

But Mr Thani refused to recognise the vote, which came days after gunmen stormed the GNC building to interrupt an earlier ballot.

 
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